June 6, 2014, 1:20 PM

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Juliette Garside / Guardian:
New report from Vodafone reveals secret wires across 29 countries for govt surveillance  —  Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance  —  Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a ‘nightmare scenario’
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Safari in iOS 8 uses camera to scan and enter credit card info  —  In iOS 8, Apple has a new feature in Safari that allows users to scan a credit card with the device's camera rather than manually entering the number when making a purchase online.  —  When entering a credit card number …
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon to use modified version of OKAO Vision face sensing technology for its new 3D smartphone  —  This Is The Face Tracking Tech Powering Amazon's New 3D Smartphone  —  Rumor has it - and we've confirmed - that Amazon will launch its first smartphone on June 18.
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube Co-Founders Split As Hurley Spins Out MixBit And Chen Joins Google Ventures  —  Consider this the end of an era.  After 15 years of working together, first at PayPal and then at YouTube and most recently at incubator Avos Systems, YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen are headed in different directions.
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Yahoo confirms it will remove Facebook and Google sign-ins from Flickr after June 30  —  Yahoo earlier this year announced plans to phase out Google- and Facebook-based sign-in from its services.  The feature was initially removed from a sports service and now it is Flickr's turn …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
Q&A with WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton on the Facebook deal, user privacy, and more  —  WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Talks About Not Getting “Swallowed By The Borg” At StartX  —  In his first speaking engagement ever, at tonight's StartX event, WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talked …
Kevin C. Tofel / Gigaom:
Grab the remote: Chromebooks can now watch Play Movies, TV shows offline  —  After what seemed an eternity, Google Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their devices.  Earlier last month Google announced this requested feature was coming and on Thursday night …
Dan Rayburn /
Netflix's Network Congestion Message Rolling Out On All ISPs, Not Just Verizon  —  As some Netflix customers using Verizon as their ISP have recently found out, Netflix has been working on a way to notify consumers when they feel that many clients are experiencing congestion on a certain segment of a certain ISP's network.
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:

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